You’ll Never Walk Alone by Dropkick Murphys.
Boston-based punk-rock outfit Dropkick Murphys have released their cover of the popular track “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” which was made popular by Gerry and The Pacemakers. Known alternately as a haunting elegy from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, a rousing soccer anthem sung by Liverpool F.C. fans.
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” is repurposed by Dropkick Murphys as a message of hope for, and solidarity with, those struggling with opiate addiction. It’s a theme that the band revisits often on 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, and one that they don’t take lightly.
Dropkick Murphys have seen the trials and tribulations of the opiate epidemic ravaging the country — and especially their native New England — up close through work with their charity The Claddagh Fund, which was created in part to support addiction recovery. But the epidemic hit home and hardest when lead vocalist Al Barr’s brother-in-law died of an overdose.
“Between Al’s loss and all the friends and people that I know, I’d say I’ve been to 50 wakes in the last three years,” says singer/bassist Ken Casey. “I was leaving another overdose wake and the song came on in the car,” he adds. “My music was on shuffle, and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ randomly played. As I heard the chorus, ‘Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone,’ it struck me how powerfully the song related to the struggle and how you don’t have to do it alone.”
From that moment of inspiration, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” became the first song recorded for the album – and, in a sense, it became a mission statement for these 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, the most powerful Dropkick Murphys album yet.
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